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Primary Candidate Profile: Shannon Sneed, for City Council President

In 1-2 sentences, explain why you are running for City Council President and what motivated you to seek this position.

I’m fed up with the problems plaguing Baltimore right now - that’s why I decided to run for City Council President. To bring about the critical changes our city needs. I will take on the corruption that holds Baltimore back by refusing to take any corporate or developer money and instead be accountable to the PEOPLE OF BALTIMORE. As a Mom and former City Councilmember, I have the vision and leadership to bring about better policies to keep us safe and help our children thrive.

In 1-2 sentences, describe how your background and/or previous experience has prepared you to serve as City Council President?

I have been the leader … no the champion for working families in this race. When I was a Councilwoman I supported legislation for a higher minimum wage, worker protections, and working mothers.

 What are your top 3 priorities or key goals if elected as City Council President?

Fight crime by supporting diversion programs, which would require youth who committed crimes to avoid jail only by finishing school.

In terms of education, I will work to increase parental engagement, request a forensic audit of the school system, to identify wasteful spending.

Provide oversight of government spending to ensure money is spent on improving the lives of Baltimoreans, not on lining the pockets of politicians' donors.

What do you see as the most pressing issue facing Baltimore residents right now?

My campaign platform is focused around three areas of interest that I hear when I knock on doors. They are: public safety, education, and equitable development.

What else would you like voters to know? Feel free to share any other perspectives or details about your background, priorities and vision.

I am the first person to refuse funding from the developers and out of state business interests that dominate city politics. I am running to break the cycle of pay-to-play down at City Hall. I can do that because I am the first person to qualify for Public Matching funds under the Fair Election Fund program in Baltimore City history. We have raised over $300,000 in less than 100 days. I have over 500 city residents who have contributed to this people powered campaign. That is more unique city residents contributing to my campaign than the other two candidates combined.

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